Today, I find myself thinking about some things that I read about Joe Girardi when he first took over the Florida Marlins.
From the AP on February 22, 2006:
New Marlins manager Joe Girardi isn’t wasting any time.
Girardi drilled Florida’s pitchers and catchers for more than three hours in 85-degree weather Monday, then said he was pleased with the results from their first spring training workout.
“I was proud of how they worked,” he said. “That’s as hard a day as I’ve been in in spring training. They were moving all the time — that was part of the schedule.
“I believe in work. Work is how you get better.”
From the Palm Beach Post, also on February 22, 2006:
With temperatures in the 80s on Tuesday, Marlins pitchers lined up for one of the most grueling drills of spring training: “running poles,” a series of 14 sprints across the outfield grass from foul pole to foul pole.
That’s when left-hander Scott Olsen looked over at manager Joe Girardi and said with a sneer, “Why don’t you run with us?”
In the clubhouse a few minutes later, Olsen wrapped a cold towel around his head and marveled at how Girardi, 41, outpaced many players.
“He ran, like, 12 poles and he wasn’t even fazed,” Olsen, 22, said. “He might have run more than 14. I ran my 14 and got out.”
I’m really starting to get excited about having Girardi run this team. How many days until Spring Training starts?